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[8/14/2018] Chihiro Kaneko taken off active roster

Chihiro Kaneko was slated to get a start against Seibu on August 15, but was taken off active roster today with some tightness that ran from his neck to his back.

Source: Nikkan Sports 8/14/2018, Daily Sports 8/14/2018, Sports Hochi 8/14/2018


[8/14/2018] Kazuki Kamizato taken off active roster

Kazuki Kamizato took a pitch off the outer part of his right foot during a game against the Hanshin Tigers on August 12. There is a possibility he may have suffered a fracture. He was taken off the active roster on August 13.

Source: Nikkan Sports 8/14/2018, Sports Hochi 8/12/2018, Sponichi 8/12/2018

[UPDATE 8/14 @ 8:50pm]

Kamizato was examined at a hospital on August 13 and diagnosed with a fracture in his right foot. He could require a month to two months for a full recovery.

Source: Sponichi 8/14/2018, Sports Hochi 8/14/2018, Daily Sports 8/14/2018


[8/14/2018] Takayuki Kishi taken off active roster with knee inflammation

Takayuki Kishi was pulled from his start on August 11 after just one inning because of discomfort in his leg. Kishi apparently felt the discomfort in his leg before the start.

Kishi was taken to a hospital in Sendai for tests and was diagnosed with a mild case of pes anserinus tendinitis. He was taken off the active roster on August 12.

Source: Sports Hochi 8/11/2018, Sports Hochi 8/12/2018, Nikkan Sports 8/12/2018, Daily Sports 8/12/2018, Sponichi 8/12/2018, Sanspo 8/11/2018, Sanspo 8/12/2018


[8/14/2018] Naomasa Yokawa taken off active roster on August 12

Naomasa Yokawa went 0-for-3 against Yokohama on August 10 and was replaced on defense at third in the sixth inning. He did not play on August 11 and was taken off the active roster on August 12 with pain in his right elbow.

Source: Sponichi 8/12/2018, Nikkan Sports 8/12/2018, Sanspo 8/12/2018


[8/14/2018] Masahiro Nishino takes batted ball off face during practices

Masahiro Nishino took a batted ball off his face during pre-game fielding practices on August 11. He was taken to a hospital in Osaka for tests and diagnosed with frontal fracture (near the forehead) and a concussion.

Source: Sports Hochi 8/11/2018, Sponichi 8/11/2018, Sponichi 8/12/2018, Nikkan Sports 8/11/2018, Nikkan Sports 8/11/2018, Sanspo 8/11/2018


[8/10/2018] Orix Buffaloes sign Andrew Albers to a new two-year deal

The Orix Buffaloes announced that they signed Andrew Albers to a contract for the 2019 season.  According to media reports, the two sides agreed to a two-year deal worth an estimated 1.8 million US dollars a year.  Albers will be coming off a one-year deal worth an estimated 900,000 US dollars.

Source: Orix 8/10/2018, Sanspo 8/10/2018, Nikkan Sports 8/10/2018, Sponichi 8/10/2018, Sports Hochi 8/10/2018, Daily Sports 8/10/2018


[8/10/2018] Yuki Yanagita earns domestic FA option

Yuki Yanagita earned his domestic free agent option with seven years of service time on the active roster. He is currently in the first year of a three-year deal.

Source: Sponichi 8/10/2018, Sanspo 8/10/2018


[8/10/2018] Sky Perfect Farm MVP of the Month Awards for July

Eastern League

Hisanori Yasuda, Lotte
17 G, 23-for-65, 2 HR, 16 RBI, 1 SB, .354 BA

Yasuda played in all seventeen of his team’s games in July and recorded six multi-hit games. His twenty-three hits and sixteen RBI were good for second (tied) in the league.

Western League

Yutaro Itayama, Hanshin
13 G, 15-for-39, 3 HR, 9 RBI, 2 SB .385 BA

Itayama played in thirteen of his team’s fourteen games in July. He led the league in hitting (.385), slugging percentage (.718), and on base percentage (.500).

Source: NPB 8/10/2018


[8/9/2018] Japhet Amador suspended for six months

The NPB announced that they issued Japhet Amador a six-month suspension for violating their performance-enhancing drug policy.

Amador was part of a group of players that was tested at Rakuten Seimei Park on June 13, 2018. His results tested positive for chlortalidone and furosemide. The drugs are listed under WADA’s prohibited diuretics and masking agents. Amador denied intentionally taking the drugs during an interview with Rakuten personnel on July 30. His samples were retested on August 1 with no change in results.

The Rakuten Eagles notified the NPB of the results and the NPB’s Anti Doping Committee finalized their ruling on August 8.

Amador’s was given a six-month suspension (August 9, 2018 until February 8, 2019). Rakuten is currently awaiting the results of more recent tests to see if there are any changes.

The Eagles released the following statement from Amador:

I have never used performance-enhancing drugs. I have also never intentionally taken any banned substances.

I have never used stimulants or muscle enhancing agents and have never considered using diuretics or masking agents.

I have taken many tests in the past and they were all negative.

I am very surprised at the positive results from this recent test. I am concerned because I have no recollection of taking the drugs.

I am fully cooperating with investigations to discover the cause.

I apologize for worrying everyone.

Source: NPB 8/9/2018, Rakuten 8/9/2018


[8/9/2018] Jorge Martinez leaves game after hurting finger

Jorge Martinez hit a double to right-center and reached third on a throwing error in the first inning of a game against the Hanshin Tigers at Tokyo Dpome on August 9. He then came around to score on a single to center by Shinnosuke Shigenobu. He did not take the field on defense in the top of the second inning. The media later learned that Martinez hurt his left pinky while sliding into third base.

Source: Nikkan Sports 8/9/2018, Daily Sports 8/9/2018, Sanspo 8/9/2018